They say that the best years of a woman’s life are the ten years between 39 and 40. The implication being that women feel compelled to claim we’re 39 for … Continue Reading On turning 39
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When I moved to Cardiff in 2003, it was to work in an office at the bottom end of Bute Street, the main artery connecting the city centre to the … Continue Reading The truth about racism in Wales
Dear Sara, Remember Easter Sunday, alone on a hilltop overlooking the city. Birdsong drowning out the sound of the very occasional car. A city that is sun-drenched and cloudless. Eerily … Continue Reading Remember – A note from Spring 2020
Am I the only one starting most of my sentences with the words “when this is all over”? It’s day 13 of lockdown for my son and me after he … Continue Reading When this is all over
Aneta Kawecka is a Polish-born ethical fashion stylist now based in Paris, France. She is a wonderful human being I am proud to call a friend. Aneta has just … Continue Reading Calais in the time of Coronavirus: Stories from the front line of the refugee crisis
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This column first appeared in The Western Mail on Saturday 22nd June 2019. As a kid, I’d watch my parents spend hours making up hanging baskets together. They’d sit on … Continue Reading On finding my green fingers…
Dear Ryan, I’m not in the habit of writing open letters to famous singer-songwriters who will never read them. But I’ve been feeling so angry, and disappointed, today. Actually, disappointed … Continue Reading Harder now that it’s over: An open letter to Ryan Adams
Here’s a little something I wrote for the Western Mail magazine on the seven deadly sins of online dating. Thanks to all my equally permanently perturbed female friends who chipped … Continue Reading The seven deadly sins of online dating
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“You must REALLY love Paris to keep coming here alone”. So says Pierre (what else would he be called?), sat next to me on the Cardiff – Charles De Gaulle … Continue Reading Yay Paree: Or how I fell in love with the city of lights…
I’m sad to say that public relations has had a part to play in creating this mess. While the industry has taken positive steps to embrace transparency, we can’t pretend we’re not part of the problem.
“Nobody respects women more than me” he said in the first Presidential Debate.
It’s a treat to watch an act of this stature in this great venue, but I doubt we’ll see him back here again, as bigger things surely beckon.